Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with his political opposites today on Parliament Hill.
He first met with opposition leader Andrew Scheer for the first time since last months election.
Scheer says he laid out the Conservative Party’s priorities for the new parliament. He says the need to complete the Trans Mountain pipeline and broad-based tax cuts top the list.
He won’t say whether the Conservatives will support the throne speech scheduled for December 5th.
“It’s up to Mr. Trudeau to find common ground to get his throne speech passed,” Scheer said after the meeting. I highlighted the areas we would be focusing on and the parts of our platform we believe should be implemented. It’s up to him to decide what to do with that.”
Trudeau also met with Saskatchewan’s Premier.
Scott Moe says he was not encouraged by his face-to-face with Trudeau. After the meeting, Moe told reporters he did not get assurances from Trudeau of relief for farmers in his province from the federally-imposed carbon tax.
“I did not hear that there was going to be anything different,” said Moe. “I heard more of the same and I can tell the people in the province that I represent that I will not abandon the people of Saskatchewan. I will not abandon the industries that create wealth for the people that I represent.”
Moe also said he will announce in coming days how his province will exercise more autonomy over things like international trade.